La Jolla’s Best Bets for events, Feb. 18-25


The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues its annual winter series of concerts in the Music Room of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, with Aaron Goldberg Trio Feb. 18 and Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet Feb. 25. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at 1008 Wall St. Early reservations recommended. $21-$26. (858) 454-5872.

Winner of the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for an unprecedented three years in a row, Dianne Reeves performs with Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 as part of the San Diego Symphony’s Jazz @ the Jacobs. $20-$65. Jacobs Music Center, 750 B Street, downtown San Diego. (619) 235-0804.

The Hausmann Quartet and the Maritime Museum of San Diego present the launch of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series aboard Berkeley — an 1898 steam ferryboat. The inaugural concert will feature Haydn’s first and last string quartets, offering a vivid portrait of his development and mastery of the genre, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Tickets $25, discounts available. Museum admission is included with ticket purchase. (619) 432-2314.

“Salk Institute: Science & Music Series” merges the latest medical science research with jazz and classical music performed by world-class musicians. See cellist Cicely Parnas and pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, with Salk Regulatory Biology professor Beverly Emerson, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Conrad Prebys Hall at the Salk Institute, 10010 North Torrey Pines Road. $45. (858) 453-4100, ext. 2058.

Violinist Ning Feng makes his La Jolla Music Society debut in two performances this month: 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21 at The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute, 10620 John J. Hopkins Drive; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, 700 Prospect St. $20-$30. (858) 459-3728.

Special Events

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, at a book reading and signing with Oliver Chin, author of “Year of the Monkey: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac,” 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at Chuang Archive and Learning Center, 541 Second Ave., downtown San Diego. $5. (619) 338-9888.

In honor of Black History Month, the Harlem Quartet performs 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at UC San Diego’s Department of Music’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive. Pre-performance ArtTalk at The Loft, 7 p.m. Tickets: $36-$54. (858) 534-8497.

On Stage

San Diego Opera’s 51st mainstage season opens 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 with Giacomo Puccini’s operatic thriller “Tosca, featuring Company debut of Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou as Tosca and Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones as Cavaradossi. Performances continue 7 p.m. Feb. 19, and 2 p.m. Feb. 21. San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. (619) 533-7070.

La Jolla Playhouse’s fourth annual play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, allows playwrights and directors the opportunity to develop a script by providing rehearsal time, space and resources — all culminating in workshops or readings open to the public. Series runs various times Feb. 18-29 at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, on the UCSD campus. Free tickets, dates and times available:

Student Art

Through the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Extended School Partnership (ESP) program, students from La Jolla Country Day School’s Studio Art III class were invited to explore the “San Diego Collects” exhibit and develop original works of art in response. See the student works 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Admission $10. 700 Prospect St. (858) 454-3541.